The first step is taken: the ‘forced’ nationalization has not taken place, the State has increased its participation in TAP and with this it will move towards the replacement of the private administration and a new restructuring plan for the airline. But, to the left, this is not enough: the next steps will be crucial to understand what will happen to the company, as well as to its workers, and it is important to keep the Government under pressure, demanding responses.
This was the tone that PCP and Bloco de Esquerda chose, this Friday, to react to the news of the agreement for TAP: both defended public control and nationalization of the company, and the steps already announced are not, for now, enough to reassure leftist parties – far from it.
If it is true that, for the Bloco de Esquerda, “privatization was a mistake”, as Congresswoman Isabel Pires defended this morning in Parliament, it is also true that this decision generates a list of “doubts”. In particular, on the restructuring plan that will follow: “There is a need for strategic guidance for a company so important for the country”, he stressed.
The doubts are particularly relevant with regard to what will happen to the workers and the possible waves of redundancies, still to be defined. For this reason, BE wanted to know what the Government’s strategic plan is and what “safeguard” it guarantees to workers, as well as what will be the option in relation to the management model. This, in addition to the requirement for an audit of private management, so that the country realizes “what happened” until the company reaches the complicated financial situation in which it finds itself.
PCP contra “cutelo”
Soon after, it was the turn of communist deputy Bruno Dias to react to the agreement for TAP, stressing the importance of the State “effectively and totally assuming the company’s destiny” without “serving interests or agendas”. “This implies going much further to continue the full progress of the company”, he defended.
For the future, it is not enough for the State to now have a 72.5% share of TAP in its hands: “Who decides on the airline is a fundamental issue. We have to put TAP in public control, but assume its defense for the future and put it in a development strategy. TAP must be an instrument of sovereignty in the sense of the decisions that the country must take and not be conditioned by others ”. For this reason, the agreement revealed this Thursday is the “piece of a process that we have to assume that cannot stop here”.
The high risk of job losses is again a concern. “We cannot assume the dismissal sentences at the outset. It cannot be the cleaver’s strategy. We have to project the company for the future, we are not condemned to cut rights and wages ”, he guaranteed.
The communists were also interested in “determining responsibilities” for what has happened so far in the management of the airline, saying they are “available to evaluate and discuss all initiatives to defend the company”. However, doubts from now on will have more to do not so much with what has happened so far, but with the definition of TAP of the future.